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Spend time with family and friends at these fun and festive holiday events. Attend a fall festival or theatrical performance, take photos with Santa or drop the kids off at a Thanksgiving camp. There’s so much to do this holiday season in San Diego!

Quick links:   Nov.9-12   |   Nov.16-20  |  Thanksgiving  |  Winter Camps

Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

Ongoing Events

“Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Featuring songs like Santa for a Day, You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch and Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze), the delightful carol from the popular animated version. Nov.4-Dec.24; visit website for show schedule. Adult tickets start at $37; child tickets start at $24. Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park. www.theoldglobe.org.

Traditional Santa Photos at Seaport Village. Head down to the East Plaza Gazebo for some holiday cheer. Nov.18- Dec. 24; visit website for complete schedule. Photo packages available for purchase. Pets are welcome. 849 W. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.seaportvillage.com.

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station. Nov.16 - Jan. 7, 10 am-10 pm (except Thanksgiving & Christmas). $12-$14 includes skates; opening night Nov.16, $10. Net proceeds benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. www.radychildrensicerink.org.

wednesday  |  1

iFLY Oceanside’s All Abilities Night. Get a chance to soar high at this exclusive event for those with special needs and their families. Nov.1, 4:30-7 pm. $39.95 includes two-flight package with free digital video. Reservations required; space is limited. 3178 Vista Way. www.iflyoceanside.com; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 760-606-4359.

Candy Buy Back at The Super Dentists. Oct.30-Nov.3, kids can bring their Halloween candy to The Super Dentists offices in exchange for cash! They will receive $1 for every pound of candy they bring in, and The Super Dentists will also donate $1 to charities helping schools. Candy collected will be sent overseas to our military troops. Offices located in Chula Vista, Eastlake, Carmel Valley and Oceanside. For exact locations, visit www.thesuperdentists.com.

Children’s Choice Pediatric Dental Care’s Candy Buy Back. Receive $2 for every pound of candy you turn in, and $2 will also be donated to the school that turns in the most sweets. Nov.1, 9 am-6 pm. Note: Candy must be dropped off by the child or parent/guardian. 10-pound limit per person. Please drop off candy at 4074 Fairmount Ave., Ste. B, San Diego. For details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 619-996-9543.

Candy Buy Back at Scripps Pediatric Dentistry. Nov.1-9, kids can receive $1 for every pound of candy they bring in. Candy will be shipped to our troops overseas via Operation Gratitude. Office hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 am-5 pm. 9840 Hibert St., Ste. B-4, San Diego. www.facebook.com/events/1857063257942365.

friday  |  3

“Elf The Musical, Jr.” Nov.3-Nov.12; visit website for show times. $17-$19. Mater Dei Catholic High School, 1615 Mater Dei Dr., Chula Vista. www.cytsandiego.org.

Want Magic Santa Claus to Visit Your Holiday Party or Event? Magic Santa Claus performs! He’ll hand out treats, read a story or poem, deliver gifts and take photos. Comedy magic shows are family friendly and funny. $150 for group of 12 or fewer plus $50 for magic show. You choose the date and time. Visit www.magicsantaclaus.party or call 619-222-2849.

saturday  |  4

FREE Acorn Action! November’s ripe acorns are in high demand and not only by deer, jays and ground squirrels. Opossums, quail, wood ducks, raccoons and more partake in the feast. Learn about nature’s interactions on this fun and informative walk with an MTRP trail guide. Nov.4, 9:30-11am. Meet inside the Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. www.mtrp.org.

“Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” See ongoing events.

Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour. All tracks lead to the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California for this not-to-miss event! Take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and his best friend, Percy, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and participate in tons of themed activities including crafts, storytelling, coloring and more. Children can collect passport stamps throughout the day to receive a special gift. Nov. 4, 5, 10-12, 8 am-5 pm. Tickets start at $21. 2201 A St., Perris. www.oerm.org/thomas.

sunday  |  5

Daylight Saving Time Ends – Set Clocks Back One Hour!

Fall Family Festival at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Have fun with animal education presentations, a petting zoo, music by Hullabaloo, a photo booth contest, garden exploration, games and bounce houses, a bubble party, a woodshop building activity and more. Nov.5, 9:30 am-3 pm. $10; ages 12 & under free; $1 per ticket for some activities. 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. www.sdcdm.org/fall-family-festival.

Register Now for Helen Woodward Thanksgiving Critter Camp: Open to kids Pre-K-6th grade. See winter camps for more info.

thursday  |  9

Candy Buy Back at Scripps Pediatric Dentistry. See Nov.1.

friday  |  10

Mac’s Kids Corner. This weekly story time brings a book to life with operating trains, paints, puppets and more. Fridays, 10-11am. Free with admission. San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdmrm.org.

Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour. Nov.10-12. See Nov.4.

Want Magic Santa Claus to Visit Your Holiday Party or Event? See Nov.3.

Register for Winter Camps! See camps at the end of calendar.

saturday  |  11

Veterans Day

USS Midway Veteran’s Day Celebration. Pay tribute to our military heroes at this annual event that includes the NBC 7 & Telemundo 20 Salute to Service Festival, live entertainment, parade, Kidz Zone, prizes giveaways and more. Included with museum admission; military, veterans and their families free. Nov.11, 10am-3pm. 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.midway.org.

FREE Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market. Enjoy holiday shopping as you browse more than 80 artisans selling American handmade crafts and fine art. Also includes pony rides, face painting, live music, free hay rides with Santa (Nov. 24 & 25) and more. Nov.11-12, Nov.24-26, 9 am-4 pm. Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center. www.batesnutfarm.biz.

FREE Holiday Craft Bazaar. Check out local crafters, shop for home baked goods and bid on some amazing silent auction items. Nov.11, 9 am-3 pm. Salvation Army San Diego Citadel, 4170 Balboa Ave., San Diego. www.sandiego.salvationarmy.org.

FREE Holiday Harvest Kumeyaay Style. Learn about the vast variety of sage/chaparral plants and animals that were part of the Native American’s traditional fall feast on this fun, guided walk. Nov.11 and Nov. 25, 8:30-10 am. Meet by the flagpoles at the Kumeyaay Campground Entry Station. Mission Trails Regional Park, Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee. www.mtrp.org.

FREE Crafts at the Lakeshore Learning Store. For ages 3 & up. Saturday, 11 am-3 pm. Nov. 11: Patriotic Spinner; 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

sunday  |  12

FREE The Old Globe’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Witness the annual Grinch tree lighting on the Globe plaza that includes special performances by the cast of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Nov.12, 6 pm. www.theoldglobe.org.

FREE Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market. See Nov.11.

Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour. See Nov.4.

“Elf The Musical, Jr.” See Nov.3.

thursday  |  16

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station. See ongoing events.

friday  |  17

“Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” See Ongoing Events.

FUNbelievable Play’s Family Fun Nights. Fridays, 5-8 pm. Regular admission prices apply. 11655 Riverside Dr. #155-157, Lakeside. www.funbelievableplay.com.

saturday  |  18

Newbreak Church Community Food Program. Join Newbreak East County on Nov.18 from 10am-3pm as they provide all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal to prepare for your family. Registered families will receive a complete boxed Thanksgiving meal. Anyone is welcome to sign up and partake in this Thanksgiving feast. To receive a box or volunteer at the event go to http://newbreak.org/events to get more information.

Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Thanksgiving. Kids, ages 4 & up, have a great time with gymnastics, games and more. Nov.18, 6-10 pm. $20. Register online. 1817 John Towers Ave., El Cajon. www.elitegymnastics.com/pno.html.

Traditional Santa Photos at Seaport Village. Head down to the East Plaza Gazebo for some holiday cheer. Nov.18- Dec. 24; visit website for complete schedule. Photo packages available for purchase. Pets are welcome. 849 W. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.seaportvillage.com.

FREE Harvest Market. This event (formerly the San Elijo Holiday Boutique) offers arts and crafts vendors selling handmade items and holiday gift ideas. Nov.18, 10 am-3 pm. San Elijo Recreation Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Rd., San Marcos. www.san-marcos.net/specialevents.

Neisha’s Dance & Music Academy Presents “The Nutcracker” in collaboration with the Chula Vista Ballet Company. Nov.18, 2 & 6 pm. Eastlake High School, 1120 Eastlake Pkwy,Chula Vista. www.neishas.com.

FREE Great Autumn! Enjoy cooler temperatures, the artful colors of deciduous trees and flora, and the grand scope of nature on this morning walk with an MTRP trail guide. Nov. 18, 9:30-11 am. Meet inside Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. www.mtrp.org.

FREE Crafts at the Lakeshore Learning Store. For ages 3 & up. Saturday, 11 am-3 pm. Nov. 18: Quirky Turkey Craft; 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos. www.lakeshorelearning.com.

sunday  |  19

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station. See ongoing events.

monday  |  20

Helen Woodward Critter Camp: Starts today! See Winter Camps.

wednesday  |  22

Parent Movie Morning & Baby’s Night Out at UltraStar Cinemas. Bring your baby to watch a movie and take advantage of valet stroller parking, dimmed lights and changing facilities in the auditorium. Every Wednesday; Parent Movie Morning, 10 am; Baby’s Night Out, 7 pm. UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego. www.ultrastarmovies.com.

Helen Woodward Critter Camp: See Winter Camps.

thursday  |  23

Thanksgiving Day

Looking for great restaurant to celebrate Turkey Day with your family? Gather your family and friends and check out these restaurants offering delicious Thanksgiving Day dinners.

Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner Cruises. Celebrate the holiday with Hornblower Cruises & Events complete with a traditional holiday buffet, live DJ and the splendid sights of San Diego Bay. Nov. 23, 3-5:30pm & 3:30-6 pm. Visit website for fees and reservations. Departs from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown San Diego. www.hornblower.com.

friday  |  24

Black Friday

FREE Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market. Enjoy holiday shopping as you browse more than 80 artisans selling American handmade crafts and fine art. Also includes pony rides, face painting, live music, free hay rides with Santa and more. Nov.24-26, 9 am-4 pm. Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center. www.batesnutfarm.biz.

Lakeshore Learning Store. Get your family holiday shopping done early at Lakeshore Learning in Hazard Center and San Marcos. Take advantage of the “buy one, get one 50% off” with coupon in San Diego Family’s November issue.

saturday  |  25

FREE Surfin’ Santa’s Arrival at Seaport Village. Sporting board shorts and his favorite Hawaiian tee, Santa will arrive at the San Diego Harbor via watercraft at 1 pm to enjoy the SoCal sun with locals and visitors. The event features a festive parade along the boardwalk, ornament making and crafts for kids, free family photos with Santa on his six-foot wave and surfboard, live street performances and holiday shopping. Nov.25, 1-5 pm. West Harbor Dr. & Pacific Hwy., downtown San Diego. www.seaportvillage.com.

FREE Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market.

sunday  |  26

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station. See Ongoing Events.

“Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” See Ongoing Events.

Traditional Santa Photos at Seaport Village. See Ongoing Events.

FREE Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market.

tuesday  |  28

Linda Hawley’s Nature Adventures. Learn how species interact in nature’s web of life, and the importance of protecting our environment. This month’s topic: “Early Kumeyaay Life – Finding & Harvesting Food.” Nov.28, 9:30-11:30 am. $10 per child with advance registration; accompanying adults & siblings under 4 free. For ages 4 & up. Mission Trails Regional Park’s Visitor Center, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego. www.mtrp.org.

wednesday  |  29

Cygnet Theatre Presents “A Christmas Carol.” Experience this holiday classic adapted from Charles Dickens’ timeless tale. Enjoy original music, puppetry, live sound effects and more. Nov.29-Dec.24; visit website for show schedule. Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., San Diego. www.cygnettheatre.com.

December Events

Traditional Santa Photos at Seaport Village. Head down to the East Plaza Gazebo for some holiday cheer. Nov.18- Dec. 24; visit website for complete schedule. Photo packages available for purchase. Pets are welcome. 849 W. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.seaportvillage.com.

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station. Nov.16 - Jan. 7, 10 am-10 pm (except Thanksgiving & Christmas). $12-$14 includes skates. Net proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. www.radychildrensicerink.org.

Cygnet Theatre Presents “A Christmas Carol.” See Nov.29.

“Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” See ongoing events.

Newbreak Church Christmas Eve Services: Join one of Newbreak’s five San Diego locations for Christmas Eve service. For more info visit www.newbreak.org/christmas.

San Diego Symphony’s “Noel Noel.” Dec.17, 2pm. Gather together, listen to timeless classics and sing along to your favorite carols at the Symphony’s holiday concert. Enjoy music performed by the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Master Chorale and San Diego Children’s Choir. You might even catch a glimpse of a certain jolly North Pole resident! Adult tickets (age 13 and up) $25; child tickets (ages 3-12) $10. Children ages two years and younger are free, but must sit in an adult's lap. Visit www.sandiegosymphony.org for tickets and information.

San Diego Symphony “It’s a Wonderful Life” in concert. Dec.3, 2pm. Experience one of the most cherished holiday movies of all time like you’ve never seen it before. Enjoy the timeless classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” accompanied by the San Diego Symphony performing Dimitri Tiomkin’s sentimental score live. Visit www.sandiegosymphony.org for tickets and information.

Birch Aquarium’s “Seas‘n’ Greetings.” Dec.1-31, 9am-5pm. Visit the Birch Aquarium at Scripps this holiday season as it’s transformed into a holiday wonderland full of SEAsonal activities for the whole family. Enjoy festive décor, scuba Santa, crafts and live music. Visit www.aquarium.ucsd.edu for more information.

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum. All aboard the North Pole Limited! Trains depart from the Campo Depot at 5 and 7pm every Friday and Saturday Dec.1-23. Meet Santa, sing carols, eat cookies and sip hot cocoa! Visit www.PSRM.org for discounted tickets during the first two weekends.

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Dec.6-17 at the Casa Del Prado Theatre. Tickets $12-18. Visit www.sdcyb.org or call 619-233-3060 for more information.

Thanksgiving Break / Winter Camps

Helen Woodward: Spend Thanksgiving break at Critter Camp! Each day is full of hands-on animal interactions, games, crafts and activities! Open to kids in Pre-K-6th grade. Nov.20-22. Register at www.animalcenter.org/education.

Drama Kids Winter Mystery Camps: Everyone likes a good mystery! Learn what it takes to create and perform a wide variety of mystery drama scenes. Each camper is challenged to use their own creative thinking to act in and solve thrilling whodunit mysteries. Camps conclude with a fun and imaginative parent demonstration. Ages 6-11. Dec.18-22 and Jan.8-12, 9am-4pm. www.dramakids.com/san-diego-encinitas-ca/camps-events

Scripps Performing Arts Academy: The Best of Matilda Camp! Dec.18-22, (Ages 6-12) – Students experience all aspects of the performing arts using music and scenes from Matilda! Students learn how to perform for a live audience, work as an ensemble, audition techniques, and staging a production number. Each camp concludes with a costumed performance.


Things change and some activities require reservations or have limited space, so don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

Published: November 2017

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